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Harmoney Co.By Harmoney Co.
First created
Harmoney Co.By Harmoney Co.
First created
$5,062
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
66
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 25 2014 10:39 PM UTC +00:00

About

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Our Story

Whether it was during the time of your remarkably active college years (inside and outside of the classroom) or during your post-grad search for life’s meaning and a job, we’re all far too familiar with the ups and downs of living with roommates. As you return home after a long day and turn the key to the front door you realize the rent is due. You also realize you would really rather go to bed than hunt down several different roommates armed with your thanks and separate checks for rent, utilities, and the groceries. Or you realize that giant pile of dishes won’t get cleaned unless you scrub them yourself, which you wouldn’t hesitate to do if it wasn’t for the fact you do it every single time. Or there’s a monstrous mess you and your roommates made throwing a party the night before midterms; as it turns out, the whiteboard was erased and no one remembers who’s vacuuming the floor as you grudgingly find drywall to fix a hole that magically appeared in your living room.

As co-founders and members of this team, we’ve all been in one or another of these situations and have found limited resources to work together and communicate with our roommates. Whether it’s sharing expenses such as groceries and utilities or it’s sharing house duties, we want to offer these tools to help people connect to those they live with. We all lead busy lives and want to spend less time in house meetings and more time connecting. When you’re stressed, exhausted or just want to kick your feet up, your home should be a haven. Harmoney makes your house a home.

The Solution

Harmoney is a mobile app that connects roommates, aimed to erase household problems and promote healthy smart living. Harmoney’s simple user interface includes four core tabs meant to regulate chores, payments, messages, and calendar. The simplicity of the app ensures that Harmoney is not another chore in and of itself, but rather a resource for showing gratitude and getting things done. The tool instantly splits transactions using synced debit cards or bank accounts, a free mobile to mobile banking service. It keeps track of who does what, and allows users to give or receive hearts for completing tasks and interacting with each other in healthy ways. Our basic version is free with limitations. Our Premium versions are low monthly costs with added features and lack of limits.

Our Research

We've been experimenting with the idea of Harmoney for about a year now, and we think we're on to something cool. We realized that to perfect the app, we needed to reach out to customers and just listen. So, we surveyed 800 roommates nationwide to understand what problems people were facing, and what methods they were currently using.

Most common words taken from 800+ qualitative answers people gave about roommate life
Most common words taken from 800+ qualitative answers people gave about roommate life

Your Money Well Spent

Development: Our initial goal is to develop for iOS. We have a developer in place to join the team once funding has been completed.

Marketing: To reach out to our target user, we would like to invest in segmented email campaigns through Mailchimp, SEO, and advertising on social media platforms

Merchandise: We want to get your lovely gifts out to you! We have estimated that Harmoney themed rewards will amount to roughly 7% of our fundraising initiatives. 

Filmmaker: We had an amazing time working with Sarah Greenleaf, a graduate film student who helped film and produce the Kickstarter video. We would like to compensate her for her quality work and time spent. 

Stretch Goals

In order to get Harmoney out to all the people in a house, we realize it has to be compatible with other devices! Our stretch goals aim to include more users as well as add additional features to empower roommates.

$25,000: Core features for Android development

$30,000: Core features for Web development

$50,000: Additional feature: Roommate Finder. Advertise your house to Harmoney users currently searching for a house to join. Match Facebook attributes to find compatible types, as well as see statistics of Harmoney users in their previous living arrangements. This would be available for Premium version.

$60,000: Connecting to landlords, automating rent payments

$80,000:  Automating payments with utility providers

$100,000: Scaling up marketing efforts nationwide, with customizable templates for fraternities, sororities, families, and more.

                            
            
    

Credits: 

Thank you to all our wonderful friends who have donated their time to help create our vision.

Filmmaker: Sarah Greenleaf

Intro Footage: Teddy Sylte

Commercial Starred: Emma Day, Michael Feldman, Ben Shipley, Emily Wittenhagen

Soundtrack: Bill Conrad Doerrfeld

Headshots: Teddy Sylte

Typeface: Icons by Entypo

Interface Design Consulting: Kendall Paulsen

Screenwriting: Bill Conrad Doerrfeld, Julia Granstrom, Katie Marconi, Kendall Paulsen

Risks and challenges

Development: The biggest challenge we have to overcome is developing a full version of the product. In order to mitigate this risk, we have ensured that functionality specs are as prepared, detailed and comprehensive as possible. As soon as our project is successfully funded, we are prepared to move forward with a local developer who will be joining the team, who has already prepared a functional prototype of the app.

Maintenance: We plan to have a closed beta test for Harmoney so that our developers will be able to perform ongoing maintenance on the app, refining it using feedback provided by beta users so that our full release is streamlined.

Career: Our entire team at Harmoney is graduating from the University of Washington within the next year, and are all facing the challenge of determining where our professional careers will start. Because we are so invested in the vision of Harmoney, we are dedicated to create a product that can help each and every user to live in a more cohesive environment.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    ROOMIE: If you donate $5 or more, you will receive:

    A Thank You email, and

    An email alert when the full version of the app is released

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    HOUSEMATE: If you donate $10 or more, you will receive:

    All of the previous reward(s), a

    Free Premium subscription for your house for 2 months (upon main release),

    a STICKER with the Harmoney logo,

    and a shout out on the Harmoney website

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    GO-GETTER: If you donate $25 or more, you will receive: All of the previous reward(s), a FRIDGE MAGNET with the Harmoney logo,
    and a Free Premium subscription for your house for 5 months

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    BETA-TESTER: Receive all previous rewards, Have your whole house become a closed beta tester. Help structure the app through in-app polling and direct communication with team members

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    STAND-UP GUY/GAL: If you donate $50 or more, you will receive:

    All of the previous reward(s),

    a T-SHIRT with the Harmoney logo on it,

    an invitation to a Post-Kickstarter Backing Party in Seattle (no transportation or separate accommodations provided),

    a Premium Subscription for your entire house for 6 months (upon full release), and

    an acknowledgement of donation status displayed on website and within the app

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    HOUSE MOM/DAD: If you donate $100 or more, you will receive: All of the previous reward(s), a BEER STEIN with Harmoney logo, a handwritten and signed thank you note from our team, and a priority acknowledgement of higher donation status displayed on website and within the app.

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    FAMILIA: If you donate $500 or more, you will receive:

    All of the previous reward(s),

    Free Platinum Subscription for your entire house for a year (upon full release),

    a meet and greet with our team in Seattle OR a thank you phone/skype call for your donation, and

    an IPHONE PHONE CASE with the Harmoney logo

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    HOUSE PARTNER: If you donate $1000 or more, you will receive:

    All of the previous reward(s),

    and a private dinner party for you hosted by us. In Seattle (no transportation or separate accommodations provided)

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    ANGEL: If you donate $5000 or more, you will receive:

    All of the previous reward(s), and the ability to gift 3 houses of your choosing a free Premium 1 year subscription

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    CHARTER LEVEL: If you donate $10000 or more, you will receive:

    All of the previous reward(s), and

    free usage of Premium subscription for a year (Fraternities / Sororities / or other types of larger communities)

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Funding period

- (40 days)